immerse yourself into the magic of Norway

  • Moderate biking
  • ~23 mi/day
  • max. 16
  • 138 mi

Norway, the name alone raises a lot of interest. For sure a very amazing and mesmerizing country, with so much nature and few people. With untamed nature and the fjords, the glaciers, the rough landscapes. Very tempting to offer a tour there. But we also like to explain a bit about what it is like to go cycling there!

First of all: this is not a typical bike tour like we offer normally. The region we visit certainly offers nice rides, but we will not be on designated cycle paths a lot. Most of the time, we cycle on quiet country roads, and cars are around occasionally. We also go through some tunnels, where we need our light. Those tunnels are very quiet, though. The road is never flat; always some ups and downs. This trip will have five days of cycling, and we have put a lot of emphasis on the touristic highlights of the region. So although we will not cycle there, we include Bergen and Flam and end at the top of the Flam Bahn in a lovely Mountain Inn. Oh, and some lovely cruising through very special narrow fjords as well! For sure a very special way and much better than joining the super big cruise ships that visit some ports.

So we look upon this offer as a combination of a cycle trip and a touristic trip, to get the most out of our nine days.

Another big difference is the lack of nice restaurants to stop along the way. Norway does not have many local cafes, bars or restaurants. At least not outside of the bigger tourist places like Bergen and Flam. So we carry along our picnic and try to find a toilet here and there. So no big cakes, cappuccinos and the like while we are cycling. It is quiet, unique and peaceful.

The hotels are a collection of grand hotels, like the one in Balestrand (Kviknes) or the one in Bergen, the Havnekontoret (former Harbour House), boutique hotels like the Fjaerland hotel and touristic basic hotels like the Blix Hotel in Vic. All your dinners are included, because most of the time, it is the only option there is to have dinner,  the meals are all good, and some are even outstanding!

Norway is very expensive, and loving a good glass of wine will cost. We have not included a drink with the dinners, except for dinner in the first week at the Walaker Hotel, which we had to book.

Is this the best cycle trip we offer? No, to be clear, if you judge it on the cycling, we have better options. But it is such a great area to go to, and isn’t it much nicer than being on a big cruise ship with limited “shore excursions” or on a touring car? So IF you are determined to visit Norway, we think we offer a great way to do so!

The weather is the final thing you need to be aware of. It can be anything. Literally. For a whole week or a whole day. Cold, rain, drizzle, wind…..it can happen and affect the whole experience

We strongly advise considering combining this trip with another week. One of the suggestions we are investigating is to go on a cruise from Kirkenes, in the far north of Norway, along the coast, with Havila tours. You can book excursions, to go and visit highlights and return to another port. The ship visits loads of ports. It is definitely on our TO-DO list!

This Havila company is competing with the Hurtigruten company, which has been offering cruises along all coast ports as a postal ship for decades. Havila has built ships, especially for this route. You could sail from Bergen to Kirkenes (the furthest point in the north, next to the Russian border). And fly home from there. Or you fly into Kirkenes and start sailing to Bergen from there. If you like to know more, let us know!

We are talking with the company to get reservations and prices.

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Day-to-day program

  1. Arriving in Bergen

    Bergen is one of Norway’s most visited cities. The historic centre is close to the harbour, where nowadays the cruise… Read more
  2. Ferry to Vic, first ride on the Sylvringen 6 k/4 miles

    We catch the early fast ferry to Vic, which will go slow at the start where it finds its way… Read more
  3. Vic - Arnafjord -Vic 52 km/32 miles

    Today we will cycle along the fjord to Arnafjord, a small settlement at the end of the road. Once a… Read more
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Departures & pricing

Jun 18th 2023 €4050
Jun 27th 2023 €3910
G = Guaranteed departure

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Day-to-day

  1. Arriving in Bergen

    Bergen is one of Norway’s most visited cities. The historic centre is close to the harbour, where nowadays the cruise ships dock at a daily pace. We will stay in the hotel in the former harbour house, so some history here! In the afternoon we will have a guided walk through the old centre called Bryggen. After that a nice dinner at a local restaurant awaits us!

  2. Ferry to Vic, first ride on the Sylvringen 6 k/4 miles

    We catch the early fast ferry to Vic, which will go slow at the start where it finds its way through the islands close to Bergen. It enters the Sognefjord, will dock sometimes for passengers and arrives in Vic before lunchtime. The hotel will not yet be ready for us, but we will get our bikes there and we will go for a not too long site seeing cycling trip. It will show us the highlights of this old village.

    After a local stop for a taste of some local products, we will check in at the hotel and have dinner together

  3. Vic - Arnafjord -Vic 52 km/32 miles

    Today we will cycle along the fjord to Arnafjord, a small settlement at the end of the road. Once a fishermen’s village, now more or less mainly local holiday homes. It is maybe a bit much for you because there are some steep parts half way. But we will show you how to cut it short if you feel like it. There is a nice site close to a shop/bar where we can rest. A peaceful and tranquil ride, with only local cars.

  4. Vic - Dragsvik - (Menes)- Balestrand 22 km/14 miles to 62 km/38 miles

    Today we cycle along the fjord in the direction of Dragsvik, were we can enjoy this little fruit growing village. The strawberries might be for sale already. We have a stop at the statue of Fridjof, and tell you why there is such a big statue in a small village and who he is. Well, he is not a historic figure, he is a fictional person. It is around 12 k to Dragsvik.

    We can either have a break here, or have a drink/some food on the ferry, which offers restrooms as well.

    Then, our ways may split! We have the option to cycle to Balestrand (10 k) or to do a long extra ride to Menes and back to Balestrand (50 k).

    As we need to take the same road back, you can also cycle halfway and cut the tour shorter.

    Our hotel tonight is a very famous and historic hotel. The main rooms are in the comfortable newly build part, dining takes place in a beautiful big dining room in the main building. Tourism here started in the late 1800’s already! It was once a very p0pular place where the Emperor of Germany visited every year and brought his entourage along.

  5. Balestrand to Fjaerland, cycling to a glacier 20 km/13 miles

    In the morning we can enjoy some time on our own. At 12 we start on the ferry to Fjaerland. The Fjaerland Fjord is beautiful to sail through. There is only the waterway to get there, and until relatively recently this was the only way to get to the little hamlet.

    Nowadays there are tunnels and roads to get there, but it is still a very quiet village. We stay at again a historic place where our host will tell you all about the village, its history and the hotel.

    But before we get to the hotel, we first start cycling after we arrive with the ferry. We will first cycle past the glacier museum and go the nearest glacier. Don’t expect too much here, the glaciers have been big in the past, but now you can only see a glimpse of the glacier and a little part of eternal snow below.

    For a real impression of the mighty glaciers that are to be found much higher, we will cycle back to the museum and look at the newest movie that was made of it. It is quite a bombastic movie, the sound is a bit too much, but it is very impressive and shows you the beauty of nature on a very big screen.

    After a short rest in the cafeteria we will cycle back to the hotel, which is just a short ride. Fjaerland is a (second hand) book village, and you might find a book or two in your room! It is really nice to sit in the lounge of this quaint hotel

  6. From Fjaerland to Solvorn 40 km / 24 miles

    Today we need a bit of help! We will get a transfer to the other side of a tunnel, because we simply cannot cycle through it. We start riding and the first part is a lovely downhill. Again a very tranquil area, we cycle far from the main road, just on the country roads.

    We will be in Sogndal for lunch on your own. There are a few suggestions  where to go, there is a nice one at the harbor.

    Our cyclepath is close to the water here and shows you the wooden houses standing on poles.

    Tonights hotel is different on the two trips. The first week we stay at hotel Walaker in Solvorn, the second week we will be at Marifjorda in hotel Toervis.

    We will offer a shuttle in case you do not like to drive on a more busy road.

  7. From Solvorn to Skjolden 39 km/ 24 miles + extra 16 km / 10 miles

    After this day you will probably say we saved the best for last.

    Today we cross the fjord one more time with our bikes, to cycle to the stave church of Urnes. We will have a guided trip and enjoy a short break afterwards if the cafe is open by then.

    Rest assure, today there will be another nice stop at a local cafe. The ride along the fjord is beautiful. The huge waterfall is worth a walk to, here we will stop for lunch. There is a nice cafe, with indoor or outdoor seating. They call this the romantic road, well, it si certainly a nice road.

    Even nicer can be the very last part of cycling: from the hotel we would like to take you to the border of a national park, along waterfalls, beautiful sheds, houses, and on the way back a lovely view on the end of the Sognefjord.

  8. Our sight-seeing day! Ferry from Kaupanger, bus to Flam, train to Myrdall

    Our bicycles will stay behind, we will have an early transfer to the ferry of Kaupanger, which will take us to the village of Gudvangen. this ferry takes us through the Naeroyfjord, along again beautiful waterfalls. Actually, the sail itself is a tourist attraction.

    The bus takes us to Flamm. Well, be prepared: we are now definitely in a touristic place. It might be quite a shock after the tranquil trip we had so far. This place is one big tourist village, with all you expect: loads of shops for souvenirs, loads of food and drink.

    Well, we will leave soon, just here for the ride up! Like most of the other tourists! From here we will need our luggage to take this up to the mountain hotel we are staying at. There is no road going there! The train ride is beautiful and you will enjoy the views. At the top we leave one stop before the train turns around, at Vatnahalsen. We will settle in at this cozy hotel. By the time the train stops riding, you will enjoy the quietness once more. We will have our farewell dinner at the hotel.

  9. Departure from Myrdall

    In the morning we will leave with the first train that comes up, and go to Myrdall. From Myrdall there are two options: one train goes to Bergen, the other goes to Oslo. Both are rides of multiple hours, the train have a restaurant and you can book reserved seats. Both rides are also very scenic and many tourists just book it for that reason. So you are still on a sight-seeing trip !

Accommodations

  • Our hotels

    We visit very nice, and very different hotels at this trip.

    Here is a list of hotels:

    Havne Kontoret at Bergen

    Blix at Vic

    Kviknes at Balestrand

    Hotel Fjaerland Fjordstove at Fjaerland

    Hotel Walaker at Solvorn or Hotel Toervik at Marifjorda

    Hotel Skjolden at Skjolden

    Hotel Vatnahalsen at Vatnahalsen

Included:

8 nights on hotels, in Bergen, Vic (2x), Balestrand, Fjaerland, Solvorn or Marifjorda, Skolden and Vatnahalsen

5 Ferries : Bergen – Vic, Vic-Dragvik, Balestrand-Fjaerland, Solvorn-Urnes, Kaupanger-Gudvangen

All dinners ! First week: Walaker wine menu included.

4 x lunch on the 6 riding days

5 and 1/2 days of guided cycling

Bus to Flam

Flambahn to Vatnahalsen

Norwegian guide Merete

Luggage transfer

Shuttles to Solvorn or Marifjorda when needed

Shuttle to Kaupanger

Shuttle from Fjaerland to Sogndalen

Entrance of the Glacier Museum at Fjaerland

Guided walking tour in Bergen

Tour manager Lenny

Not included:

bike rent: a regular bike is included.

E-bike: 200 euro, only possible on reservation!

Single surplus: first week: 680 euro, second week 485 euro

 

Departures & pricing

Jun 18th 2023 €4050
Jun 27th 2023 €3910
G = Guaranteed departure